Line runs fastest speed in NHRA Pro Stock history, No. 2 after first day of qualifying DINWIDDIE, Va. (October 5, 2006) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO, returned to Virginia ...
Line runs fastest speed in NHRA Pro Stock history, No. 2 after first day of qualifying
DINWIDDIE, Va. (October 5, 2006) -- Jason Line, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pontiac GTO, returned to Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) as qualifying got underway today for the Inaugural NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Nationals which was postponed from last weekend to this weekend due to persistent rain.
This is the first time the NHRA has raced here at Virginia Motorsports Park since 2000.
For Line, who set a national elapsed time of 6.609 seconds at the last race in Reading, PA., the extra week proved beneficial as he covered the VMP quarter-mile in 6.602 seconds at 209.26 mph in today's first qualifying session.
This would have lowered his previous E.T. record but Line found that his teammate Greg Anderson, who was in the lane opposite Line, had gone quicker, running the quickest elapsed time in NHRA history, a 6.598 second pass. The consolation for Line was that his speed of 209.26 mph was the fastest speed in NHRA history.
In the second qualifying outing today, Line was out to reclaim the E.T. record but shook the tires and had to shut off.
"We were definitely swinging for the fences in the second session and we just missed," said Line. "We were going for a 6.58 or 6.57 and just didn't get it, but I definitely think it's out there so we'll try again tomorrow."
>From Anderson's low elapsed time of 4.598 seconds to the No. 16 spot anchored by Virginian Jim Yates' 6.658, the Pro Stock class has set its quickest field ever for the second race in a row. Line finished the first day of qualifying No. 2 on the Pro Stock ladder. Two qualifying sessions remain tomorrow, scheduled for noon and 2:30 p.m.
With only three races remaining on the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, including this event, Line continues to lead the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock point standings with 1,453 points. Anderson, in second, has pulled to within 56 points of his teammate. Dave Connolly is third, 183 points behind Line and 127 behind Anderson.